This research centre was set up, under the direction of Geoff Quilley, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, in 2007. Its aims are: to investigate art and travel and their related histories, mainly in British culture from the early-modern period up to the present day, and to develop this as a distinct area for interdisciplinary research; to establish stronger links between museums and academic institutions through opening up access to the Museum's collections, and related collections in other institutions, for scholarly research; and to provide a forum for intellectual exchange among a broad community of students and academics both in the UK and overseas.
We currently have two DPhil students, funded by the AHRC under the Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme, researching photography and travel in the 19th century, and the imagery of the Thames in the long 18th century, focussing on the collections in the National Maritime Museum. Most recently, the Centre organized a series of lectures supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, on Art and Travel in the Mediterranean, 1600-1900.
For further information, please visit the Centre for the Study of Art & Travel website.